Best Surgeon in Chicago area?

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   Posted 8/6/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
My good buddy from college - 48 - has PCa. He has a wacko GP and a surgeon who doesn't seem to answer questions. I told him he needed a new team.
anyone have any names of top PCa surgeons in Chicago area?
46 at Diagnosis.
Father died of Pca 4/07 at 86.
10/07 PSA 5.06 (Biopsy 11/07 1 of 12 with 8% involvment) (1mm)
Da Vinci surgery Jan 5, '08 at Mt. Sinai Hosp. NYC
Saved both nerve bundles.
Path Report: Stage T2cNxMx
-Gleason (3+3)6
Pad free on March 14 - (10 weeks.) Never a problem since.
ED - at one year, ED is fine with viagra.
One year PSA - undectable!

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   Posted 8/6/2009 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Yea,  try Dr. Catalona at North Western.  He's done over 5,000 RPs....

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 8/6/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Catalona. He was also the pioneer of the PSA.

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 8/7/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I concur, Catalona. Google him and you will be impressed. One of my friends here in Ga. had Dr Catalona do his surgery 6 or 7 yrs. ago when he was still in St. Lewis and loved him. Good luck.

Age 54
Pre-op PSA 4.3
Surgery Feb. 17 2005
Post-op Path : Gleason 3+3=6
Right pelvic lymph nodes: negative for metastatic carcinoma
Left pelvic lymph nodes: negative for metastatic carcinoma
extent: right lobe 40% left lobe 10%
capsular penetration: Absent
Seminal vesicles and vasa differentia: Uninvolved
Prostate: 26 grams
Post-op PSA's <0.04 for 3 years
Feb. 08: 0.07, March 08: 0.08, June 08: 0.09 and Sept. 08: 0.1
IGRT scheduled.....November 17th....
FINISHED 01/14/09 YEA!
1st PSA after Salvage RT <0.04..... Another YEA!

Nebraska Guy
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   Posted 8/9/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I got a recomendation for Greg Zagaja, M.D. Associate Professor of Urology University of Chicago.  He is suppose to be one of the best in the country.  I haven't met or spoken to him.  I just heard from an knowledable source.
05/09: Diagnosed (age 53) biopsy PSA 4.5, T1c stage, Gleason 6 (3+3), 3 of 12 cores.

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 8/10/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Zagaja and Catalona are great. NorthWestern is where I would send a frind in Chicago. There are several good surgeons there and the prostate cancer program is very well recognized...

 Age 47 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 11, 2009): <0.1
My Journal is at Tony's Blog  

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   Posted 8/12/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Dr. Robert Nadler of Northwestern University/Hospital (he's head of it's minimally invasive surgery practice group) was my Urologist/Surgeon when I was confronted with the news last year that I had prostate cancer.  My relationship with Nadler has been good and I recommend him and the team of specialists at Northwestern - because all treatment areas are represented amongst those specialists (oncologists, da Vinci surgeons, etc.).  We're fortuate, those of us living in Chicago . . . because we have such an extensive network of excellent specialists and medical facilities available to us.  By the way:  I would not be too impressed with a particular Urologist/Surgeon based primarily upon the number - high number - of procedures attributed to him.  I think there is a minimum number of procedures in any one area which indicate proficiency, but on the other side of the coin a high number, depending upon the time frame they are being reported for, can be a sign to stay away from a particular Urologist/Surgeon or medical team.  Best wishes for your friend and his challenges ahead.
More about Dr. Nadler:

Age:  59 (58 at diagnosis - June, 2008)

April '08 PSA 4.8 ("free PSA" 7.9), up from 3.5 year prior

June '08 had biopsy, 2 days later told results positive but in less than 1% of sample

Gleason's 3+3=6

Developed sepsis 2 days post-biopsy, seriously ill in hospital for 3 days

Dr. recommended robotic removal using da Vinci

Surgery 9/10/08

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon

Post-op Gleason's:  3+3, Tertiary 4

Margins:  Free

Bladder & Urethral:  Free

Seminal vesicles:  Not involved

Lymphatic/Vascular Invasion:  Not involved

Tumor:  T2c; Location:  Bilateral; Volume:  20%

Catheter:  Removed 12-days after surgery

Incontinent:  Yes (1/2 light pads per day)

Combination of Cialis and MUSE (alprostadil) three times weekly started 9-27-08

Returned to work 9-29-08 (18-19 days post-op)

PSA test result, post-op, 10/08: 0.0; 12/08: 0.0; 4/09: 0.0


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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/19/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband and I consulted with the top surgeons in the U.S. with pre-surgical testing at NCI.   He had surgery with Dr. Catalona.  In the end, all agreed experience is what counts more than the type of procedure.  Surgery was late June and he was completely continent upon catheter removal.  Dr. C does not have much bedside manner, but his skill level speaks volumes.  Good luck to you...
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